Dallas Star Weighs In on the Finale's Big Reveal: 'I Get to Play a Whole Different Character!'

The following contains spoilers from the Dallas season finale.

TNT’s trip back to Dallas wrapped its freshman run on Wednesday night by dropping a bombshell that some saw coming, yet nonetheless foretells much more family feuding in the season(s) to come.

As the season-ending hour unspooled, Christopher’s estranged wife Rebecca (played by Julie Gonzalo) cleaned up the literal mess she made by putting a bullet through her “brother” Tommy, in self-defense — and with more than a little help from an unseen benefactor whom she speed-dialed the instant blood was spilled.

But no sooner had Tommy’s body been dispatched with did Christopher go sniffing around for that ne’er-do-well, eventually landing on the other end of the phone with the real Rebecca Sutter. That latest dollop of deception imploded the couple’s marriage once and for all and sent Rebecca to debrief with the man calling the shots in her long con: her father and the Ewings’ longtime foe, Cliff. Yep, she’s Rebecca “Don’t Call Me Pamela” Barnes.

TVLine spoke with Gonzalo about concealing her character’s identity and her anticipation for Season 2.

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TVLINE | Just how many roles did you get to play this season? There was Christoper’s sweet, innocent fiancee, Rebecca Sutter the begrudging con woman… and now Rebecca Barnes.
[Laughs] It’s crazy how now I can hear it and agree and not be coy about things. I couldn’t be more pleased and blessed as an actor to start one way and think it’s going to go one way and it’s completely the other. I got to do a lot of things I never thought I’d get to. I couldn’t be happier how it turned out.

TVLINE | At what point did you learn that she would end up a Barnes?
Before we even went to Dallas to shoot the pilot, they let me in on the secret — and it was one of those things like, “Don’t tell anyone anything, ever!” And I couldn’t play [that she had a secret], even though I knew.

TVLINE | As fun a reveal as it was, some fans guessed her true identity a while ago.
Oh, they were guessing right at the beginning! From the minute they heard her name was Rebecca, that’s all I kept hearing. I found it amazing to see how many original fans are out there, and they are so enamored with this show. They’d say, “Why else would your name be Rebecca?” and I had to be like, “I don’t know what you’re talking about….” It was hard.

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TVLINE | So, what is Rebecca’s end game, on behalf of Cliff?
I don’t know. If I were to guess, she’s pissed now — and you don’t want to make a Barnes pissed. So there are a lot of things to play with next year.

TVLINE | Are you of the mind she has true feelings for Chris?
I think so. Cliff even said, “You’re just like your aunt Pamela. When it comes to the Ewings, I never could trust her — and I can’t trust you.” So I think she is in love with him, she really is. But now she’s pissed. [Laughs]

TVLINE | And now you get to play a steely, driven, embedded Ewing adversary….
I get to play a whole different character next year, a new layer of someone. I don’t know where they’re going to go with it, but I know it’s going to go darker. The Rebecca you met in the first few episodes, I doubt she’ll be coming back.

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TVLINE | Outside of the big reveal, what were your favorite scenes from the finale?
I really liked when Chris confronts her, and she’s just like, “Let’s go. I never had a chance with you.” There were also great moments with Josh [Henderson, John Ross] and Jordana [Brewster, Elena]…. The last two episodes of the season were my favorites.

TVLINE | Well, congratulations on the show’s success. It turned out to be a real summertime crowd-pleaser.
It’s great to hear that. We’re so attached to it, sometimes you can’t see what’s happening out there. It’s so beautiful to hear that what you worked on so hard is being well received – so thank you.

Season 2 of TNT’s Dallas will premiere in January 2013.

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  1. TV Gord says:

    Yep, I called it right from the start, but it has been an amazing season getting there! Excellent job, Dallas! There’s a whole new focus for next year, and I can’t wait! (And I still think it will eventually come out that Christopher really is JR’s son…and maybe even my longshot prediction that Ann is Pam.

    • fhr says:

      Yeah, I think it’s going to be revealed that Christopher is JR’s son as well. That longshot on Pam is Ann though is great – and would really be amazing. I also think that John Ross is actually not a Ewing but actually is Cliff Barnes son. Remember when SueEllen got pregnant, she had been having an affair with Cliff. I’m thinking that would be a kick in the gut to JR if JohnRoss actually ended up as a Barnes and Christopher is really a Ewing.
      They also have made no mention of the other Ewing children, like Lucas (Bobby’s true son) or JR’s son with Cally Harper or his son with Vanessa Beaumont (James) either…

      • mike says:

        Per the original series, Christopher was Kristen’s son, but not from J.R. She had a miscarriage with J.R.’s child, and she quickly got pregnant again with a junkie’s kid. Also, John Ross’s DNA was tested upon Cliff’s request and it was proven that J.R. truly is the father.

      • mags says:

        no way…..christopher is annas real son.remember the photos bobby put in the fire.

    • celine says:

      Are you saying that Ann is actually Pam(Christopher’s mom)? Damn I never watched the original show cause i was way too young at the time but maybe I should catch up…

    • Amanda says:

      Chris can’t be an Ewing, cause then that would be incest….remember Barnes IS a Ewing too. That’s why he’s so angry with them. They need to just leave Chris being adopted, but I like the Ann/Pam twist.

  2. Marie says:

    I knew the entire time she was cliff’s daughter just by her name rebecca was cliff’s mothers name.

  3. scorpo says:

    I was still holding my breath for the final shot to be Victoria Principal returning as Pam. *Begins holding breath for the season 2 finale*

    • dan says:

      Won’t happen. There is bad blood between Victoria Principal and the “Dallas” gang. Even the actors admit that she was always separated from them during the original run (she wasn’t one of the gang that mainly consisted of Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray). The new exec producer admitted that she didn’t even consider contacting VP’s people to see if she was interested in joining the reboot. I suspect it would take a lot of money to get her back for even a brief cameo.

      • scorpo says:

        That is not true. She participated in the reunion special in 2003. She always got along with the rest of the cast. She was actually going to make an appearance on the original series finale episode but they couldn’t promise her that they weren’t going to come back for another season. As it happened, Dallas was cancelled over that summer :(

        • TV Gord says:

          Well, that’s not true. They knew Dallas was done way before the season ended. The finale two-hour episode was written as a series finale. It was well promoted way in advance as the end of the series. Now, I never heard she ever had any problems with the former colleagues, but she definitely knew the final episode would be the final episode.

  4. Mack says:

    Loved the Finale and can’t wait till Jan. for Season 2!

  5. TV Gord says:

    I hope Rebecca works with John Ross against Christopher before anyone finds out who she really is! That would be a nice kick in the teeth for him.

    Also, very honorable mention to Ann for being so kickass tonight!

  6. soxfan says:

    The entire season of Dallas has been totally awesome – I was skeptical because of watching the original Dallas “back in the day” but I have been more than 100% impressed with the new Dallas … loved Annie with her ex tonight – wow!!! Good for her … she’s a true Southern Belle but with a twist … get in her way & she’ll blow you away! Looking forward to S2 in January!!!

  7. diana says:

    I knew right away too Nice touch that they had her love chinese food like her dad.

  8. MrMank says:

    OK, maybe longtime viewers of Dallas can help me out here. Does this mean that Cliff has ANOTHER daughter besides Pamela Rebecca Cooper, who is his daughter with singer Afton Cooper? Or is Rebecca supposed to be her? I really hate inconsistencies, so I hope Cynthia Cidre & Co. have thought this through.

    • TV Gord says:

      This is why the creators have been stressing all season that this series is based on the SERIES and not the movies that followed. Pamela Rebecca Cooper doesn’t exist in this series.

      • MrMank says:

        That’s actually untrue. She appeared in the movie J.R. Returns after having aged an impossible amount of time, but we first meet P.R.C. as a five year-old girl, when Afton returns in the ’88-’89 season, . I can understand going out on a limb and saying, “OK, forget the movies”, but this is one of numerous plot points that fly in the face of the series itself (the other glaring issue being that John Ross is not J.R.’s first born son, nor his last). Ignoring the movies means that Christopher and (Pamela) Rebecca didn’t meet before the events leading up to Dallas 2.0, which is fine. But I really hope they didn’t invent this character out of thin air.

        • TV Gord says:

          You’re right and I am wrong, Afton’s daughter was in the series, but I think it was left in the air about whether she was really Cliff’s. There’s enough doubt that I think it can be explained away.

        • dan says:

          Nit-picky question: wouldn’t the characters of John Ross, Christopher, Elena and Rebecca all be in their mid-30s by now? I realize it is tv, but the actors playing the characters seem too young for the roles. Maybe the actors are older than I think. That has been my main complaint with the casting of the younger actors.

          • Kelly says:

            The actors playing JR, Christopher, Elena, and Rebecca range in ages 31-34. Not necessarily mid-30s, but not really that far off.

    • Marie says:

      Pamela rebecca cooper is pamela rebecca barnes. Afton is still rebecca’s mother. It’s just that rebecca is going by her middle names instead of her first name which makes sense just in case victoria principal does decide to come back. There can’t be 2 pams on 1 show after all.

  9. I saw the original show, but who is Rebecca Barnes? What’s the significance?

  10. MaryAnn says:

    I would much have preferred a season-ender that had an upbeat feeling of hope for the family, a breather before they go right back at each other’s throats next season. And I liked Rebecca much more when she was a nobody who was playing a con, but was trying to do the right thing because she was in love with Christopher than as Cliff Barnes’ daughter. Sorry, but her character development throughout the season just was not consistent with the way the season ended.

    • dude says:

      It’s a soap opera from the 21st century, if the finale isn’t dark, people want their hour back. I don’t think this character reveal is painting Rebecca as a deplorable person, I think she really loved Christopher and she’s pissed and acting on her emotions. I think had Christopher wanted to be a family with her, she would have gladly turned on her father.

  11. dude says:

    I’m SO excited about this! Rebecca has quickly surpassed John Ross as my favourite character on the show. She’s so fun to watch and I can’t wait to see how this new Barnes dynamic works out. I had guessed this early on but what I love about Dallas is they take plot developments you see coming a mile away (Rebecca/Tommy aren’t brother/sister, Rebecca is a Barnes) and drag them out so long, you almost think you were wrong and then–BAM!

  12. Michael says:

    I don’t think Christopher should be J.R.’s; there was just too much info that came out when the storyline originally unfolded: Kristin’s miscarriage, Christopher’s blood type not matching J.R.’s; same with John Ross, there was a blood test to prove he was J.R.’s.

    If they start changing it all they may as well change anything else they want…

    • TV Gord says:

      …like putting Bobby in the shower for a year? lol

      Changing lab tests is a time-honored tradition on soaps, and since there was no DNA testing back then, they could easily explain why they never thought about it again.

    • MrMank says:

      I think that’s a dead issue. Christopher is definitely Jeff Faraday’s and Kristin’s child.

  13. Donna says:

    The finale didn’t live up to the usual Dallas ending, it was okay but kinda saw that coming

  14. sam says:

    can someone fill me in on who rebecca barnes is, i know that she’s cliff’s daughter but what is the background.

  15. Christine says:

    I think the ending was great. Did not expect it at all. Since this has come out that Rebecca is a fraud and Cliff’s daughter. I hope that the following happens: Christopher marries Rebecca and he and Elena raise the baby together. Then Bobby and Christopher puts Cliff in jail. Ann turns out to be Katherine Wentworth. Pam returns and marries Bobby and helps Elena’s mom plan the wedding

  16. Christine says:

    That is Christopher’s and Elena’s wedding

  17. isn’t she technically his cousin? I know he’s adopted, but she’s his uncle’s daughter. The legacy of the hayloft is alive and well in Dallas. (cue banjos).

    • S Boorum says:

      Thank you for pointing that out as I thought the same thing…..How can they go down this road? Sorry….but they are INFACT cousins…..whether through adoption or not….I love the show…LOVE IT….but this is sending a pretty bad messages to kids who are adopted.

      • Tom_b says:

        Well, they have always kind of glossed over that Lucy and Ray were fooling around in the beginning of the show, since he later turned out to be Jocks illegitimate son, and her uncle. If they do turn the tables on paternity for the ewing boys, that would John Ross Rebecca’s half brother and Christopher Bobby’s nephew. It certainly would stir things up.
        Am I missing something, or didn’t Pamela Barnes Ewing eventually die in Canada shortly after Cliff found her?

      • Yeah … what is this, Arrested Development?!? :P

    • Lyndsey says:

      Technically yes, they would be cousins but not by blood. It’s a little creepy, but speaking as someone who is adopted, there’s a difference when you’re raised as a family and when you’re not. I couldn’t imagine having a relationship with the cousins I grew up with but I can see the difference in a cousin you apparently never even met. Plus it’s not like he had a warm, familial relationship with Cliff as his uncle either. It’s definitely a lot less incestuous and creepy than the current Dexter storyline! :-/

  18. Jen says:

    The finale was awesome!!! I had guessed that Rebecca was Cliff’s daughter earlier in the season but I still got goosebumps when Cliff appeared from the plane. Season 2 can’t get here fast enough!!

  19. topsyturvy says:

    For me one of the highlights was between Ann and her sleazy ex when she revealed the wire.

  20. TheBeach says:

    That poor actor who played Tommy seems to get shot to death every time I recognize him in a role…first Sons of Anarchy and now Dallas.

  21. Michelle says:

    I really loved it. But wow is that Elena a whore. She gets engaged to John Ross one day and in a few days gets “engaged” to Christopher. Wow!! Not many morals there. I would love to see Rebecca work with John Ross and J.R. to get Elena and Christopher. she would make a great double agent and then double double cross John Ross and J.R. for Cliff. I think Rebecca is Ann’s daughter or person in the picture. How about them apples.

    • Angie says:

      I was wondering if Christopher might have been the person in Ann’s picture and maybe she turns out to be Christopher’s biological mother?? What do y’all think??

  22. Tina says:

    You all are wrong kinda Pam faked her death but she was alive and sick but cliff & bobby found out but she acted like she fell in love with her doctor ( overseas)because she was dying from the crash & she didn’t want them to get hurt all over again but Dallas never revisited to find out if she is still alive or not. It would be wonderful if she came back it would complete the show and be the best TV show ever !! Please Please come back Victoria

  23. jdaniels says:

    Don’t see how Victoria P could come back as Pam…didn’t they have a different actress playing her for a few episodes right b4 she left 4 good? They said she looked different cause of that accident …

  24. Nicklaus says:

    Had pretty much figured that Rebecca was Cliff’s daughter when original description of character said she held a secret; that with fact Cliff’s daughter with Affton was never mentioned. So when Christopher asked who she was as said Rebecca Ewing any original show fan had to know it was Rebecca named after Cliff & Pam’s mother……but this reveal certainly promises for a SUPER next season when Ewings discover who she is. As for remainder of finale it was kinda lukewarm….no “cliffhanger” it was really done in a manner to settle everything up in case TNT didn’t renew the series.

    But none the less looking forward to next seasons action and hopefully more twist and with JR & John Ross getting the upper hand like it the old days; cause that is what really made the show exciting.

  25. John says:

    If Rebecca is Cliff Barnes daughter, and Christopher is Cliff Barnes nephew, how vould they have not met before? In other words, how could Christopher not know that his uncle had a daughter, and he didn’t know her? I don’t get it??

  26. denise reid says:

    I like this Dallas but it will never be like the old one, that was sensational and Ive seen them all.

  27. Judy B says:

    I just finished watching all of the seasons of the old Dallas series. I was hoping the final season would bring me up to date with where the new dallas season started. But there seems to be a big gap. Am i missing a show or two? In the final show. Bobby is still single, John Ross decided to stay in Europe with his mother. The new series has Bobby married. How did he meet her? John Ross said he was sent off to school in Europe.. he made it sound like it was not of his choice and also that it was away from his parents. I didn’t think i missed any of the shows of the new season. But. Im thinking maybe ill have to pick it up and rewatch it.

  28. Rob Dyczkowski says:

    Christopher is the legally adopted son of Bobby Ewing and Pamela Barnes Ewing. So Rebecca Barnes is his first cousin. Therfeore the marriage can be annuled because under texas law first cousins cannot marry